Volunteers are offered various ways they can be of service to COL
including face to face, hands on, or "behind the scenes"
Volunteers must complete an orientation process with the COL staff
and must sign confidentiality statements in order to participate.
Please fill out the form on the Contact Us page if you are interested
in volunteering with COL, or give us a call at the number provided
on that page.
Some examples of opportunities for individuals, groups,
- Those who will plan, implement, or fund special, social activities
and celebrations for clients
- Those willing to teach one or more life skills sessions for
clients with topics ranging from nutrition, health-related issues,
legal matters, financial responsibility which address the basic
skills for living productively
- Those willing to lead/teach a Bible Study for clients (one or
- Those willing to provide a Thursday lunch or a birthday cake
for each month to celebrate clients’ birthdays (one time
At least two words describe the volunteer that we are spotlighting
this month-positive and compassionate. Cathy McElvain is a
member of our COL Board and is the mother of two beautiful
children- a son who is 14 and a daughter who is 8. Cathy serves
as the Medical Care Manager for the Hamilton County Health
Department and has been working with HIV clients for eight
years. She says, “I love it! I love the patients, all
the people. I’ve made so many new friends! It’s
a ministry for me. I feel like God has places me here for
the patients to be a pleasant, positive and a smiling face.
I really try to be a light to everyone. This is the best nursing
job I have ever had!”
Cathy’s experience working with HIV clients began when
she worked at the Homeless Health Clinic. She went from there
to the Health Department. Her husband is very supportive of
what she does, stating that he believes this is her mission
As for the reason she is involved with Channels, she expressed
that she feels like HIV patients need the nourishment both
socially and spiritually that a ministry like our can provide.
Ultimately, she said that all of us have some kind of crutch
in our lives, something hard that God wants us to use to be
an encouragement and a light for someone else going through
the same difficulty. Her desire is that her patients would
grasp that vision for themselves.